V-Day At A Distance: The Best Gifts To Share Love This Year, Across Space And Time

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The last two years have, at one point or another, separated us physically from the ones we love. While this can be very dramatic and romantic and Victorian for a short period of time (emphasis on short), we’ve all had to learn the importance of expressing love and care from a physical distance.

As someone who thoroughly enjoys sending letters and surprising friends across the country with a bouquet from their corner florist, I consider myself fluent in the language of long-distance love. This Valentine’s Day, I’ve got you covered. Read on for gifts that will send your love across the country to your friends, lovers, and future lovers — no plane tickets required.

Something Sparkly: Bite-Size, Playful Jewels They’ll Reach For Every Day, from $22

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Yes, jewelry can be a cliché choice for Valentine’s Day. But it’s a classic for a reason. There are few things more delightful than opening up a box to reveal a little (or a lot) of something shiny and bright. Lucky for you (and me, if any of my loved ones or suitors are reading this article), Studs just launched its Valentine’s Day Collection inspired by Dolly Parton and all things Western and vintage (from $22). Considering that Dolly is the patron-saint of all things fabulous, it’s no surprise that each rose, locket, and novelty cowgirl boot earring in this capsule launch is — to say it plainly — perfect. Shop the curated Earscape Sets (from $68) for a styled stack, especially helpful for hopeless boyfriends who don’t know a huggie from a dangle.

For Your Best Friend: Amp Up Their Arsenal Of Impeccable Lingerie, from $55

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Lingerie isn’t a cliché choice for Valentine’s Day if you’re gifting it to your dearest friend. For the one you’ve shared everything with — from clothes to secrets — there are few better (or cheekier) gifts than lingerie they’ll actually love and wear. Ideal for your friend who leans minimalist — and probably wears pearls — shop CUUP’s February Edit for some timeless and sexy choices in classic red and black sheer colorways ($68). For the friend who struggles to find a bra that actually fits, gift a life-changing bra in the fiery Chili colorway from Pepper ($55), the brand designing bras for smaller chests. 

Modern-Day Valentine Grams For Everyone On Your Love List, $9

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Do you ever miss those schoolyard days of handing out Valentine’s Grams to your crush a few seats behind you in math class and your other crush you only got to see during recess? Just me? Clevr Blends is reviving the love gram spirit with a modern twist: from now through February 6, Clevr is offering limited-edition Rose Cacao LatteGrams, perfect for sending to your work-wife, cute neighbor, or friend you’ve secretly been pining for (I won’t tell). 

Featuring a personalized note and a mini Rose Cacao SuperLatte blend, the gram is just as sweet as its delicious latte counterpart, with the added benefit of probiotics, adaptogens, and mood-boosting ingredients in place of your traditional truffles and sugar hearts. Place your order by February 6 to ensure a timely delivery on Valentine’s Day, and do let me know if your crush likes you back.

For A FaceTime Cook-Along, from $65

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One of my favorite ways to connect love across distance is a romantic cook-along. Or, if you’re as challenged as I am by the culinary arts, it can be a fun few hours of comedic relief (which will, of course, bring you closer together). So many of our favorite DTC food & beverage brands have something to fit every taste and occasion:

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In Lieu Of A Couples’ Massage (Or A Galentine’s Spa Day), from $56

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Spa days and massages might seem like a thing of the pre-pandemic past – but that doesn’t mean you can’t recreate the blissed out, self-care sensation with a few thoughtful deliveries. Help them achieve the bath of their dreams and softest skin yet with the DO NOT DISTURB set ($56) from OUI the People (the name says it all). Add on a plush robe from Parachute – be it waffle, cloud cotton, or linen – so they can spend the day feeling truly pampered (from $99). 

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No spa care package is complete without some luxury skincare. For a true splurge, gift the cult-favorite Signature Set from Vintner’s Daughter ($420) – it’ll transform their skin for the better, and they’ll love you forever. Yes, you CAN buy love, but only through life-changing skincare. For the at-home spa junkie, send the  Multi-Masking Collection ($148) or Body Exfoliation Duo ($84) from OSEA. All of OSEA’s products smell as good as they feel – and set the foundation for some seriously glowing skin.

And yes, you have to buy the same products for yourself so that you both have parallel spa experiences. It’s a mandatory part of this Valentine’s Day gift. 

Something Sweet, With A Caffeinated Kick: Not Your Average Box Of Chocolates, $55

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In what is perhaps my favorite limited-edition Valentine’s Day collaboration, Golde and Canyon Coffee – each founded by partners in business and life – have teamed up to deliver the bundle of my dreams ($55). Featuring Canyon’s Tolima Especial Beans, Golde’s Cacao Turmeric Latte, and a Wildwood Berry Chocolate Bar, this set is a life-giving tripartite treat: caffeine, wellness, chocolate. Added to cart and sent to everyone I love (including myself).

If you can’t shower the ones you love with IRL kisses, packages at their doorsteps are the next best thing. XOXO, TQE.

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